Teamwork

This is a poster that I found hanging from a wall a few months ago.

Teamwork

Teamwork

Just in case you can’t read what it says:

TeamWork – The Fuel That Allows Common People to Attain Uncommon Results

What do you think? Do you think that common people can attain uncommon results by working as a team? Let us agree on some definitions first.

By common people I understand people with average skills and capabilities with regard to the area of expertise we are talking about. If we are talking software development, then we mean average software developers. What is an average software developer? Well, take a random 10% of the software developers in the world and you’ve got it. Perhaps not scientifically valid, but enough for our poster discussion.

By uncommon results I understand results that surpass, in volume and/or quality, the results that one would expect from the same people not working as a team.

By team I understand an organised group of people that approach a common set of activities with shared goals.

I hope you agree with all these definitions. Now, do you agree with the poster?

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4 Responses to “Teamwork”


  1. 1 Nick 9 October 2006 at 12:39

    We should print out a new poster with the message: Meetings – The Ingenious Mechanism That Vaporises The Fuel That Allows Common People to Attain Uncommon Results


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